Bio, VH1 sister channel plan Amy Winehouse programming
Bio is the first network out of the gate with an Amy Winehouse special, announcing Monday morning that it will premiere “Bio Remembers: Amy Winehouse” at 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday night.
In what the network is calling an “intimate look at her tumultuous life,” the special will retrace Winehouse's modest beginnings -- well before her 2003 Island Records release "Frank" -- through her Grammy and platinum-selling success of 2006’s acclaimed “Back to Black.” It also will document numerous elements in the personal life of the musician, who died Saturday at age 27, including her struggle with addiction and her dark and at times destructive romance with husband Blake Fielder-Civil.
Several other television tributes to the late British pop-soul singer are likely. VH1’s "Behind the Music," which recently aired a Mary J. Blige special, would be a logical venue. A network spokesman did not confirm any new special but did say that VH1 sister channel Palladia will air “MTV Live: Amy Winehouse,” a series of performances, on several days this week, including Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. Eastern and Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Meanwhile, Winehouse was a little less visible on television in at least one respect. Oxygen Channel’s reality series “The Glee Project” cut an Amy Winehouse joke when re-airing a recent episode.
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Amy Winehouse performs in September 2007. Credit: Dave Hogan / Getty Images